An invigorating walk visiting some hidden corners of the Somer Valley catchment area. Hills, woods and valleys. Weather permitting you will have far reaching views towards Bristol and the Bristol Channel from the heights of The Sleight. Take a lesser walked route through the Kingwell Estate towards Greyfield Wood and along The Limestone Link to Clutton.
The second hill climb of the day finds you at the peak of Barrow Hill where one of Farmborough’s Manor Houses still stands. Enjoy a visit to the grounds of Hunstrete House, now a popular restaurant in ‘The Pig’ portfolio and possibly see fallow deer grazing. You will pass a site excavated by Time Team to unearth the original foundations of Hunstrete House.
In Common Wood you may encounter masked combat persons enjoying the recreational hobby of ‘Paint Ball’. Emerge from the woods into Marksbury and across fields to the quaint village of Stanton Prior. On the final leg take the ancient footpath which once ran from Keynsham to Frome and pass Priest Barrow, reputedly the burial site of battling tribesmen. After an easy path to Timsbury you will be well rewarded with tea and cake.
The walk is 12 miles, with an elevation of 330m. Finishing times are approximate.
This walk is part of the Somer Valley Walking Festival, it isn’t necessary to book.
The walk starts from Conygre Hall, North Road, Timsbury, BA2 0JQ, Grid Ref: ST 668 589. What3Words: drips.shunted.glassware